The first congressional election of 2018: A test of Trump in western Pennsylvania

It snowed the night before Conor Lamb’s campaign rally, coating most of the 18th Congressional District and keeping some voters at home. But 70 loyal Democrats shoveled out and drove to the American Legion hall to meet their candidate for Congress in a district that gave Donald Trump a 19-point […] Read more »

A year after Trump’s election, York, Pa., is forever changed

… Trump’s election a year ago profoundly altered the United States in ways that continue to reverberate, but perhaps most visibly and disturbingly in how we talk to one another, especially about the hardest things, like the nation’s racial divide. The volume is up; the edge is sharp. Old grievances […] Read more »

Focus Group Reveals Democrats ‘Have a Lot of Work to Do’ With Black Millennials

“Angry,” “exasperated,” “worried,” “stressed” and “scared” were the responses from back-to-back focus groups here of a combined 20 African-American millennials, who were asked to describe how they feel about American politics. These young voters from a key 2016 battleground state also expressed deep pessimism about the political process and their […] Read more »

‘Abject Disappointment’: Pittsburgh Voters Skewer Trump’s Tone

… A focus group of Pittsburgh-area voters, conducted Tuesday night by pollster Peter Hart on behalf of Emory University, revealed bipartisan disappointment in the tenor of Trump’s leadership during the first seven months of his presidency. Asked to describe the president in a single word, participants called Trump “outrageous,” “dishonest,” […] Read more »